Watch a Rodeo in Yellowstone Country


Western Rodeo. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

Just about every town in Yellowstone country has a rodeo or several rodeos scheduled throughout the year. But Wyoming, “The Cowboy State,” is arguably the best place for attending a rodeo.

During a rodeo, cowboys and cowgirls put their skills to the test against legendary bulls, bucking broncs, crafty calves and hefty steers. Cowboys and cowgirls compete in events such as bareback bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, steer roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping and barrel racing.

Yellowstone Cheyenne Frontier Days RodeoCheyenne Frontier Days

Many of Wyoming’s rodeos are known throughout the world, including Cheyenne Frontier Days – the “Daddy of ‘Em All.” This event takes place the last full week of July in Wyoming’s capital city.

Cheyenne Frontier Days is the largest outdoor rodeo in the world and attracts big names from all over the country. It provides spectators with the best outdoor rodeo action in the world by hosting the top names each year. These top riders don’t want to miss competing for the largest purse on the professional circuit.

Besides the exciting PRCA rodeo action, there is a carnival midway, top-name entertainment concerts, Indian village and dancing, USAF Thunderbirds Air Show, free parades, a free chili cook-off plus much more. For a change of pace, don’t miss the Old West Museum and Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale.

For more information:
Cheyenne, WY
(800) 227-6336

Cody Stampede

Cody, situated directly east of Yellowstone, is often called the “Rodeo Capital of the World,” thanks to the Cody Nite Rodeo, which performs nightly from June through August. The Cody Nite Rodeo features bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling. The action is non-stop. Bull riding tops off every evening and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

In addition to the standard rodeo events, the Cody Nite Rodeo features a Novice Barrel Race for kids under 12, steer riding for those under the age of 14 and a calf scramble, where children from the audience are invited to participate in the crowd-pleasing event.

Cathy Ivory, Cody Nite Rodeo events coordinator, says the Cody Nite Rodeo is a high quality rodeo for people to see every night of the summer.

“This is the only place in the world where it is available,” she said. “That’s why Cody calls itself the Rodeo Capital of the World.”

For more information:
Cody, WY
(800) 393-2639

yellowstone-last-chance-fairHelena’s Last Chance Stampede and Fair

Nothing says summer like a lively county fair, and nobody does it better than Helena, Montana. The town’s 52nd Annual Last Chance Stampede and Fair is guaranteed to be wilder than any 8-second bull ride! With rodeo action, live music, games, food, and fun, the Last Chance Stampede and Fair is a must-see.

More Information:
(406) 457-8516

Lander Pioneer Days Rodeo

Lander also holds the popular Lander Pioneer Days Rodeo each summer. Being the oldest “paid” rodeo, it has been called the “Granddaddy of ‘Em All.” Check the site below for this year’s schedule.

For more information:
Lander, WY
(800) 645-6233

Sheridan Rodeo

In Sheridan, there are rodeo events all summer long, including the Sheridan-WYO PRCA Rodeo, Don King Days Old West Rodeo (Labor Day), cowgirls and county rodeos, youth and college rodeos, and team ropings.

The Sheridan, Wyoming Rodeo, a top-ranked national professional rodeo, features some of the world’s best, and has been held every July for more than 80 years. Attend additional rodeo events weekly throughout the summer season.

For more information:
Sheridan, WY
(888) 596-6787

Wyoming High School Rodeos

Rodeo season at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas begins in June with two Wyoming High School Rodeos. Rodeo returns to Douglas the third full week in August when the Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo comes to town. Ranch-style rodeo takes center stage the first weekend in August as Glenrock hosts Deer Creek Days, one of small-town America’s best community celebrations. From the parade to the gathering in the park, mark your calendar for this fun-filled weekend.

For more information:
Douglas, WY
(877) 937-4996

Rock Springs’ Red Desert Rodeo

Twice voted “the best mountain states circuit PRCA rodeo.” The event consists of three performances: a PRCA Pro Rodeo, a Coors Chute Out and Dodge Truck Rodeo that attracts big-name competitors. The Red Desert Rodeo is a “single go,” which means there will be different cowboys participating in each performance.

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